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Correctional EdTech Provider APDS Raises $7 Million in Series C, Seeking to Break the Cycle of Incarceration with Its Career Readiness Platform 

Correctional EdTech Provider APDS Raises $7 Million in Series C, Seeking to Break the Cycle of Incarceration with Its Career Readiness Platform  Impact-driven ETS Strategic Capital & New Markets Venture Partners co-led financing round NEW YORK, N.Y. — APDS, a public-benefit corporation whose advanced career readiness platform helps incarcerated individuals attain a living wage after release, today announced that it has raised $7 million in new funding during the Series C round. The capital will allow the company to further ...

A Broadway show about life after incarceration finds its most avid audience in a New York City jail

Lynn Nottage’s “Clyde’s” gets a showing at Rikers Island, and detainees have plenty of feedback ...

NYC Corrections Department Expands Inmate Tablet Program

The New York City Department of Correction has increased the use of tablets since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic to help offer information and resources to the individuals in custody within its facilities ...

Improving Prison Education Will Require Much More Than Lifting the Ban on Pell

The U.S. Department of Education recently announced it was inviting more institutions to participate in the Second Chance Pell experiment, a program first piloted during the Obama administration that allows a select number of approved colleges and universities to support incarcerated learners through Pell Grant funds. The change would allow as many as 200 two- and four-year colleges and universities to offer their prison-education programs through the experiment. The change comes after Congress finally lifted its prohibition of incarcerated individuals ...

What those locked away deserve: The value of giving tablets to people incarcerated at Rikers

In early November, following reports of increasingly dangerous and inhumane conditions at the city jails on Rikers Island, I joined a group of business leaders for a tour of the facilities led by Correction Commissioner Vincent Schiraldi and Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez. The purpose was to better understand the hard choices that policymakers face around criminal justice reform and public safety ...

Formerly Incarcerated Turns Author and Artist Prepares others for Transformation

Based on his 2019 book, Chris Wilson offers insight into building successful strategies for reentry in a new interactive course. NEW YORK, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, October 20, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ -- Chris Wilson, author of The Master Plan: My Journey from Life in Prison to a Life of Purpose, today launched an interactive online course to help incarcerated people prepare for successful reintegration into their communities and growth during their incarceration. Rooted in Wilson’s personal experience navigating life ...
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Jessica T. Hooper

Washington Must Atone for its Legacy of Mass Incarceration

In his inaugural address, President Joe Biden pledged to combat the sting of systemic racism, boldly promising that the “dream of justice for all will be deferred no longer.” He took his first steps toward making good on that promise by signing a slew of executive orders focused on equity — including directing the U.S. Department of Justice to improve prison conditions. But Biden brings to this mission a checkered history with race and criminal justice. As a senator, he sponsored ...

Second chances: Why providing Pell Grants for prison inmates is a sound investment

This year gives about 463,000 of the more than 2 million Americans behind bars — and President-elect Joe Biden — a chance at a fresh start. Buried deep in Congress’ latest COVID-19 relief deal is a provision that would allow the incarcerated the chance to better themselves, and their communities, through higher education. For almost 30 years, prisoners could use federal aid to pay for a college education. By 1993-94, 23,000 of the 4 million Pell Grant recipients who received a portion of ...

Re-envisioning Education in Correctional Facilities

Today, 2.3 million people sit in prisons or jails. Research suggests that those who participate in well-rounded education programs are 43% less likely to commit another crime after release than those who do not. But—while people in prison have widely varying learning needs—many inmates are unable to access any education at all, and what programming does exist looks like a one-room schoolhouse. We cannot unleash the potential of incarcerated learners without scaling learning tools that are accessible, rigorous, and personalized ...

Education Behind Bars: Helping Prisoners Find Purpose

Host Vince Molinari interviews Harris Ferrell, CEO of APDS (American Prison Data Systems, PBC) about his technology company helping educate prisoners across the country ...

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